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Things I’ve Learned Through Training

Marathon Training tips a la LB

I understand I am a novice…so here is some advice for you beginners out there 🙂

1. NIKE+: I know, I know I talk about this device all the time. But, the truth is if this didn’t exist I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing: Training for a Marathon.  I was a three sport athlete in High School but I was NEVER a runner. Now I run. I have completed 120 runs since December 26 and have totaled 442.02 miles. And due to this training I have run 101.73 so far this month. Thanks to Nike+  and Lance Armstrong for getting my butt in gear and in shape.

2. COAT YOUR FEET IN VASELINE: before every run, long or short, I lube my feet in pertroleum jelly. After I developed a pretty awesome blood blister on my right foot someone gave me this advice—and it’s like a spa treatment. As your feet warm up from running it softens the skin and you are blister free 🙂 *oh and if you have boobs try a little bit of this on them and you won’t have any chaffing from your sports bra, very important on a long run.

3. GET A FANNY PACK: although my fanny pack and I aren’t speaking after Saturday’s run I fully recommend getting one–at least you have an option.  There is no way you can carry around a waterbottle and Gatorade in your hand—not possible, I’ve tried. The fanny pack, although not attractive or stylish, will keep your hands free and your mind off that sloshing sound from your water bottle….ehhhhh I HATE THAT NOISE!

4. EAT CARBS: I have to admit it. I was a no/low carb person. But if you are training for a marathon YOU CAN NOT DO THIS. My best advice with the carbs- I always have a bagel right after my long runs and a bowl of pasta the night before my long run. I have so much energy this way. Simple advice and it works.

5. EATING WILL BECOME ANNOYING: I love to eat. I have always considered the Buffet a challenge (not a good way to live by the way!). But eating during marathon training seems like a chore sometimes. You always have to think about what you are putting into your body—will this give me enough energy?, will this make me dehydrated? and will I have to make sure I am within a mile of a bathroom at all times during my long run? <—– not fun.

6. DRINKING: You really can’t. At least not before a long run. I can’t not drink though, this is my last year in Happy Valley, so I can’t even take my own advice. But I will tell you this: run as much as me and one beer has the potential to put you out cold. Oh, lightweights!

7. WEAR SHORTS and a TANK TOP: No matter what. Regardless of the temperature pre-run you will be getting hot after running 15 miles. Don’t fool yourself. I learned this the hard way. Apartment felt like 65 degrees (LB–you have air conditioning, dummy) so I wore capri spandex—outside was 85 degrees. This was my worst run. Completely dehydrated and a total disaster. Wear shorts, ok?!

8. DRINK TOO MUCH WATER: I probably shouldn’t say that because I  heard a lady internally drowned herself  once…ehhhhhh. Since I have been at school I, alone, have drank 4 cases of H20.  I am a water drinker by day and  a water drinker by night. I only drink Gatorade on my long runs. Make sure that after the 8 or 10 mile mark you are drinking Gatorade every 2 miles. I drink water for the first 8 and then switch to the Blue Stuff. It really helps keep you going.

9. HAVE A REALLY GOOD PLAYLIST: No matter what I have my IPOD on my arm—for the Nike+—although, I have to admit I don’t always listen to music. There are times when 2 hours of silence is necessary. But when I do have an awesome playlist boombangin’ out the frizame my run is pretty much like Rocky on crack. So jam it up. And make it a wide variety. From slow to fast you need all kinds of songs.

10. YOU WILL BE ADDICTED: I am. I write about running a lot. I run a lot. ‘Nuff said.

11. EMPTY MIND: There will be times during your runs where your mind will become empty, it will kind of space out. That is the best. It’s kind of like a sanctuary on two fast moving legs. There will also be times where you think about everything and anything, those times are also great. I think running is therapy, at least for me.

12. BREATHE: Don’t forget to breathe. Get that Carbon Dioxide out of your body, it’s a poison. Do this: At the top of a really tall hill pump one fist in the air and go “Whoooooo!” That means you are breathing and that you are awesome and that you just demolished an insane incline. I do it. 7 a.m. someone is “Whooooing!” down the street—that’s me.

13. YOU WILL LOVE UPHILLS: I don’t know what it is but the downhills will start to make you feel like a slacker and you will want more uphills. It’s crazy.

That’s all I got for now. Go out for a jog, walk, or run during this beautiful weather 🙂 Soon it will be winter…not like that stops me

14. WINTER RUNNING IS THE BEST: I started in the freezing cold winter and I would trade that running weather for the 90 degree summer weather in a heartbeat. You can breathe easier and no one mows their lawns which is great. You don’t know how many people I give dirty looks to for mowing their lawns. Jerks.


Best/Worst Weekend Ever


The only reason it was the best was because well, Lance Armstrong says it best:

“Congratulations! You have run your furthest distance yet!” (love,) Lance Armstrong.

Oh, and the “you” in that quote–that would be ME. I ran 16 miles in 2 hours and 26 minutes. That would be roughly 9 minute miles and the run was enjoyable (never thought I would say that about a 16 mile run—that’s almost gross).

I wore my fanny pack which was packed with a bottle of water and a bottle of gatorade. I even found a Porta-Potty on my route so that was awesome!  I LOVE PORTA POTTIES. No, not really*. But,  anyone who has run long distance can understand my excitement to find one of these beauties on my run.

*I don’t think I will ever get used to the fact that I got excited about a fanny pack OR a porta-potty. Ehhhhhhh. Oh, Nike+ what did you do to me?!

So now for the worst part of the weekend: I worked from Friday-Sunday. What was I thinking? I told them I could work 3-4 days a week, 15-20 hours. So what am I getting? 4 days/week and 20 hours. Fabulous. Way to make yourself available LB.

Did I consider the following facts:

1. I am in class 5 days a week for 20 hours a week as well?!

2. I am also working for Disney?

3. I am supposed to be studying for the LSAT (less than 2 weeks away, ehhhhh)?

4. I am training for a M A R A T H O N (oh, by the way didn’t go out Saturday night because I had to get up at 7 a.m. to run the 16 miles before work—dedicated.)

5. I am a 21-year-old Penn State senior?

(and CuriousC, I am the biggest list maker. Not in life–I only have to-do lists when my life gets out of control. But when I talk/think–I often list things!)

Nope. I did no considering. What so ever.

So, what would a smart person do? NOT ADD ANYTHING TO THE PREVIOUS LIST.

But hey, hey, hey what did I do? I got an internship!!!!!!!

Good, yes. Bad, mhmmmmm.

Who was up at 6:30 this morning? ME

Anyways, I did it to myself. Now I have to make it work/change it up so it works.

Cut down my hours at work- yes, needs to be done.

O.K. no more venting. Sorry if you have already heard me complain. I’m done.
Mike (and Megan)–guess what just came on my IPOD– right now?!

This could be a sign.

Oh, it is definetly a sign!

“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.

“That’s why I’m starting with me. I am starting with the (wo)man in the mirror. I am asking her to change her ways.

And no message could have been any clearer.”

Break it down MJ.

(also note ALL the categories for this blog—that’s how my life feels right now. )

Weekend Wrap-Up

this includes Monday, but it didn’t sound good as a title.

1. Penn State beat Notre Lame 31-10.

2. I got to say “Good Luck Coach” to Jay Paterno. JoePa’s son and our quarterback coach.

– Story: JoePa and his family live only a few blocks from the stadium and it is tradition for Joe and Jay to walk to and from each game. We are clearly a school built on tradition and it honestly all starts with JoePa. I was babysitting during tailgating and the game (ehhhhh, let’s not talk about it) and I was walking to the park with the kids when I saw him. Jay Paterno walking from his house in his Penn State Coaching gear to Beaver Stadium, the stadium of all stadiums. So I said “Good Luck Coach.” I wish I had said “Get ’em Coach” or “You got ’em Coach” becuase we didn’t and don’t ever need luck. Ehhhhhh. At least I said something, he did have his Earbuds in…Let’s hope he didn’t hear my lame encouragement.

3. I made mad money babysitting. BALLLLAAAAA!

4. I bought a fanny pack at Target.

5. Thanks to the pack of all packs I ran 15 miles. And I ran them well. 2 hours and 22 minutes. Lance was there to congratulate me 🙂 Oh, Lance.
6. I started work today. I am a cash register and folding machine.

7. I will most likely spend all of the money I make working at work…ehhhh.

8. I got an e-mail back for an internship at the local Theatre. (exciting! but they have been slacking on getting me info etc. and I just got a job so we will see about that.)

9. The Steelers beat the Browns. Boo-ya! And yes I just boo-ya-ed.

10. Britney Spears’ performance at the VMA was ridiculous. She was either tranquilized before the performance OR was forced to do the show by her manager because the chick was not all there. When we thought she could make a comeback she shows us what a disaster she is. I have to do it. Oops she did it again.  Sorry, I had to.

And that’s my weekend wrap-up. I am busy, busy, busy now that I am a working girl and a marathon trainee.


I keep forgetting I have classes and the LSAT to study for. Stress hitting hard




I’m Not Talking Fast…

you’re listening slow.

(That’s a rap line, you know. Except it is supposed to be “I ain’t talkin fast, your listenin slow” but I felt like getting my correct-grammar on for you.)

KB is all moved into her dorm. I made the 6 hour trip twice in one weekend (thanks to my pops…a lot of shared driving and horrible radio stations this weekend). I am one dedicated sister. I figure she is doing well since she is never available to pick-up or return phone calls from her (dedicated) big sister. Oh well, she is a college girl now. And I know how those girls are…

Speaking of college girl-

I should really be studying for the LSAT but I have been busy state-hopping and running. Yes runnnnninnnnnng. Guess what I did today?

I ran a half-marathon. Not a race, just the distance. And it kicked my A-money-money ( I’d rather say A-money-money than type out A$$, it’s more fun. Go ‘head…say it. Fun huh?).

I need some kind of fanny pack with a waterbottle holder for these long runs.
Ehhhhhh….did I just say that I need a fanny pack. This is getting ridiculous.

Not only have I purchased three pairs of kicks in the past 6 months for this whole running thing I now have to consider purchasing a really cool bag that will snuggly fit around my waist with a plastic clip that will pinch my fingers just like it did when I was 6…not that I had one….

OK, I totally did.

It was white with hot pink, green and blue pockets. I was born in the ’80s. We had to be hands free. How else could we carry around out Zach Morris cell phones?

That pack is sounding pretty good right now. Where is that thing?

I do need something like that (however unfashionable) because I got dehydrated like WHOA today at mile 7. Let me point out the fact that I was, at that point, 7 miles AWAY from any place that had hydration.

I saw a faded Mountain Dew bottle in the grass on the side of the road. I thought about checking to see if it had filled with rain water….

Fannypacks. Gross. Drinking Used Mountain Dew. Gross-er.

You can see now why I might need this fanny pack. Let’s call it a BootyBag…ooooo that is almost hot. Paris? What do you think?

Nope– sounds like a medical apparatus of somesort. Again, gross.
As a result of the dehydration I did some walking/running/attempted spitting on my 6 miles back to a water bottle. This is why I am not all that impressed with my run today.

My roommates are though and I really appreciate that…they motivated me more than Lance did today– if you can believe that!

And yes, Lance made an appearance after my run. Why? Because he thinks I am awesome and he wanted to let me know. What a nice guy—for a biker, that is.

I ran 8 miles today.

No, really I ran E I G H T miles. 8 of them. I’m still in shock.

Why did I do it? Well, the story began this afternoon.

While babysitting the boys I was asked to babysit the girls (these boys (2) and girls (3) being my cousins ages 1-11). After watching Wayne’s World II for the second time in a month…which I wouldn’t recommend because during this viewing I was asked what “pubes” are. And eventually I had to explain. Very, very, very awkward, to say the least.


My Aunt Jenny comes back from her run (she is a runner sans Nike+) and asks if I want to start training for a marathon in October. In the spirit of “Wayne’s World” all I wanted to say was, “Asphinctersayswhat?”  But I held back. It turns out all I have to do to begin training is start 6.5 mile runs this week. Then add a couple of miles a week until October and Voila! I will be running 26 miles in Hartford and then qualifying for the Boston Marathon.


So what did I do? I went home and ran. I ran 4 miles away from my house, on purpose. I knew I had to get back somehow, so if on my 4 miles back I could only run 2.5 to reach my goal then I could walk the rest. Well, it turns out I can run 8 and I could have run more.

So it looks like its the LSAT at the end of September and the Hartford Marathon in the beginning of October. I don’t know what I am getting myself into with either but I’m excited, in a brain-hurting, muscle-aching kind of way.

Too bad I ran without music today. I know Lance would have had something nice to say.

Run! Larisa Run!

Like Forest, I just keep runninG and runninG and runninG.

I never thought I’d be a runner and honestly I still don’t consider myself one but since December 26, 2006 I have gone on 95 runs and completed over 270 miles. WhooHoo! Go ME!

I am really proud of myself. I had a lot going on in the beginning of the winter, which I’m sure I will talk about later, but through the struggle I managed to keep on runninG. On my one-year running anniversary I plan to log my 500th mile.

And no I actually don’t sit around and write down all of my miles. An amazing gadget does all of the work for me, I just RUN.

I am absolutely in deep, deep love with Nike+.

If you have an IPOD Nano, you HAVE to purchase this product. All you need to do to get started is some new running kicks ( girls & guys), put a special device in the shoe, plug a little rectangle into your IPOD (all included in the Nike+ Sport Pack) and then BAM! Lance Armstrong is congratulating you on your run!

(p.s. all of this can be yours for $140…better than a gym membership, that’s for sure!)

Lance Armstrong really talks to you through your little earbuds. I am serious! Lance has always been there for me, from my fastest mile to my longest distance.

Lance: “Congratulations you have run your fastest mile yet!”

Me: Oh, Lance, really it was nothing.

You can challenge other members, run for charities, and even train with groups around the world. Did I mention I have run 30 miles to contribute to other Steelers fans miles? We are totally kicking some pre-season tail in the NFL Pre-season Challenge! As a whole Nike+ members have run (as of right this second) 24, 328, 907 miles since it’s launch. GO US!

So get up off your butt and go running (or even walk, I LOVE WALKERS!) ! Come on, Lance thinks you can and I know you can!